Five Common Welding Metals

You may or may not be aware that there are many different types of metals that one can use to weld with. Here at Sidney Lee Welding, we are familiar with all types of welding supplies for GA businesses and beyond. For the purpose of this article, let’s take a closer look at some of the most commonly used welding materials today. 

Steel

Probably least surprising, steel is one of the most commonly used metals in welding today. This is because steel is durable, readily available, and highly versatile. Roughly 2 billion metric tons of steel is produced each year, a number that continues to steadily increase year after year. 

Aluminum

Did you know that aluminum is the most abundant metal found in the world? It is commonly used due to its wide availability, exceptional resistance to corrosion, and its ability to be manipulated for a vast array of applications across the welding industry. It does have one caveat, however. Certain grades of aluminum can be extremely difficult to work with. Nonetheless, Sidney Lee Welders can certainly help you out with any unique needs that you might have!

Cast Iron

A particular type of iron, cast iron, makes for easier welding with its low melting point that necessitates no specialized welding methods. Cast iron is used to make many kitchen appliances, fences, and piping. 

Brass 

Working with brass can be a bit on the harder side as the melting point is directly affected by the zinc composition. Brass is often found in electrical materials, musical instruments, and plumbing applications. 

Copper

With a high thermal conductivity, many people consider copper welding to be on the easier side. Additionally, copper is a soft metal with a shape that can be easily manipulated. Even still, you may need some specialized equipment to properly work with copper, depending on your project.

In addition to the five metals listed above, there are many other materials that can be used for all sorts of welding projects. No matter what your welding needs, Sidney Lee Welding can assist you or otherwise help you figure out how to get started.